Iraq: victim of rape, murder, by US soldiers was only fourteen


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From Editor & Publisher (USA):

News Agencies Uncover True Age of Rape/Murder Victim in Iraq

By E&P Staff

Published: July 10, 2006

NEW YORK Ever since news emerged two weeks ago about the rape and murder of a young woman in Iraq — and the killing of three of her family members — the age of the rape victim has been in dispute.

Iraqis in the town of Mahmudiya, where the attack took place, had insisted she was only about 15, while U.S. authorities claimed she was probably near 20 or even 25.

Oddly, that’s the way it stood, until Sunday, when news agencies uncovered a passport for the girl which clearly showed that she was 14 when the attack took place.

Reuters also obtained a death certificate and an identity card confirming this.

It’s not known why the U.S. military did not ascertain or make public this information days ago.

U.S. soldiers have reportedly made advances toward the girl in days prior to the assault.

Five of them now face murder and rape charges, which have caused even more anger in Iraq because of the age of the victim.

A photo of the passport and the girl’s picture appears on page A8 of Monday’s New York Times.

8 thoughts on “Iraq: victim of rape, murder, by US soldiers was only fourteen

  1. Shame on America and US Military. Your soldiers deserve the same treatment to be meted out to them when they are in similar
    circumstances as the Iraqis & Afghanis now are. Shame on Bush and shame on America.

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  2. Hi Khalid Baig, no one deserves to be in “similar circumstances as the Iraqis & Afghanis now”. That is why the occupation should stop immediately, and the soldiers should go back to the USA.

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